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Reach Upward is Greg Denning's personal blog, of stories, inspiration, experiences and solid life skills and advice for young people and adults.

Great Books Will Change You, But You Have to Read Them

Great Books Will Change You, But You Have to Read Them

"Great books can literally and drastically alter your life. Create a plan and a habit of reading from good books every day. Seek book recommendations from and for leaders. This is probably the most important habit of highly successful people.

Leaders are readers. Start reading and keep reading. Apply what you learn and it will take you to the top. Start studying any important area of your life that you want to improve and thrive in.”


Do you have a habit of reading? I just want to encourage you as strongly as I can to start reading. If you don’t have a habit of reading, I want you to start today! And if you have it, but it is a kind of slow, I want you to pick it up and go for it!

This stack is a few of the books that I’ve finished in the last few months. A few of them, HAVE CHANGED ME! They have literally altered the way I think.

In the last 90 days, I finished ”Les Misérables” by –Victor Hugo-, and this book is at the top, and probably the best book I have ever read. It is about fourteen hundred pages, but it is amazing! It totally transformed the way I think and the way I see people. I don’t usually cry, but when I finished this book I sat down and wept. It is that powerful!

I also read many other books — a couple by Shakespeare, some on personal development books and many others.

Check out a list of the best books I’ve read in the last three months, with some awesome quotes and links to each of the books.


I just want to emphasize how important it is to have a reading habit, that is perhaps the number one habit of really successful people. Successful people read, they read voraciously!

Well you know my story, I grew up in a broken home, struggling and desperate to find the answers. How I could create a life of happiness, how to have the family that I wanted, how to have the lifestyle I wanted and how to be holistically successful in life. And it came because of reading.

Great books have literally changed my life! I am where I am today and I am going where I am going because of great ideas, the great classics. From the great men and women who have been there and done that, and have captured their great ideas in books. It opens a new world! And like I always love to say: input determines output.


So I encourage you today to start right now, put together a plan. Most people haven’t read a book since their last graduation. The average American reads less than one book a year!

I’m going to challenge you to read a book or two each week, and find the best books ( don’t know where! Click HERE ).

So read , start today and you will be shocked, amazed and so pleased with the changes and the positive benefit that comes from a voracious reading habit! So have a real plan to get great input to your mind so you can have a great output in your LIFE!




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